Checking date: 25/04/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Experimental techniques in plasmas, nuclear physics and materials
Study: European Master in Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics (88)

Coordinating teacher: LEGUEY GALAN, TERESA

Department assigned to the subject: Physics Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Basic knowledge of Atomic Physics, Electrodynamics, Material Science and Solid State Physics (graduate level).
The students should be able to: - Obtain the main parameters of magnetically confined fusion plasmas. - Evaluate power balance of fusion plasmas. - Calibrate gamma particle detectors. - Determine alpha particle-target material interaction cross-sections. - Characterize materials using the stress-strain curve. - Obtain parameters that describe the mechanical characteristics of a material. - Correlate mechanical characteristics and microstructure.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. PLASMA DIAGNOSTICS. Interaction of lasers, microwave and infrared radiation, light atoms and heavy ions with plasmas: Thomson scattering, Laser induced fluorescence, reflectometry, interferometry, active charge-exchange spectroscopy and heavy ion beam probe diagnostics. VIS, VUV, soft and hard X-ray spectroscopy┬┐s, electron cyclotron emission, magnetic and electrostatic probes. Measurement of fusion products. 2. NUCLEAR PHYSICS. Characteristics of detectors for alpha and gamma particles: Ionisation and scintillation detectors and photomultipliers. Neutron detectors. Signal transmission and electronics for pulse signal processing: amplifiers, analogical to digital converters. 3. MECHANICAL PROPERTIES. Structural Materials in Fusion Reactors. Mechanical Testing. Elastic Deformation. Materials Failure. Dislocations and Strengthening Mechanisms.
Learning activities and methodology
Classroom lectures plus post-lecture assignments.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 70
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 30

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.